FIFA partner Hyundai provided the buses for each World Cup team — all of which were are customized with their own unique slogans for the teams they carry. The slogan on Mexico's bus is "Always united, always Aztecas." But it's hard to be "always united" when your bus breaks down and everyone has to split up into taxis to get to training before the tournament even begins.
El autobús de la selección de México se dañó hoy y tuvieron que viajar en taxi a su segundo entrenamiento. pic.twitter.com/cVXtAYzmot
— LOCO X EL FÚTBOL® (@LOCOXELFUTTBOL) June 9, 2014
While Ross Barkley was holding up England's bus in Rio on Monday morning, Mexico's was holding itself up in Santos by not working. So the players all piled into cabs and captain Rafa Marquez shared a picture on Instagram from inside their temporary ride with the caption, "Our bus shrunk."
When the day's work was done, the bus was ready to actually move and they were able to ride back to the hotel in comfort. Still, it probably wasn't the kind of World Cup advertisement Hyundai was hoping for. But after all that Mexico went through to make it to this point — several managers and a qualification playoff against New Zealand later — this was probably the welcome they expected.
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